Seeking a Stellar Development Director

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) seeks a Development Director to work with our National Director and elected National Political Committee to drive our fundraising programs with an emphasis on membership and individual fundraising.

DSA is the largest democratic socialist organization in the United States and has experienced massive growth over the past two years. We now have 34,000 members and over 150 groups in almost every state across the country engaged in movement-building, public education, direct action, advocacy, and electoral politics. Our goal is to build multi-racial working class power and win transformative reforms like Medicare for All, protect programs like Medicaid expansion at the state level, support a stronger labor movement, and elect socialists to office, all while shifting the public framing around capitalism and democratic socialism.

The Development Director reports to the National Director and will work closely with the Member Engagement Coordinator and field Organizing staff. The Development Director will provide support to DSA Fund, our sister 501(c)(3) educational organization.

This is an excellent opportunity for experienced junior level fundraisers looking to expand their responsibilities and experience co-creating fundraising strategy, cultivating high-level donors, and engaging with a passionate and diverse group of supporters to carry out grassroots fundraising among members and maintain a financially independent and stable organization.


  • Develop an integrated plan across the organization and coordinate staff and volunteers to meet annual objectives and set multi-year fundraising goals
  • Manage the fundraising calendar (direct response letters, digital, phone, events, face to face) in coordination with communications, organizing and other DSA staff
  • Build infrastructure for member to member fundraising
  • Cultivate and steward the existing donor portfolio including individual member and institutional donors
  • Assess and prioritize current fundraising strategies to increase pipeline of mid-level and major donors
  • Manage Legacy Circle program to promote planned giving
  • Identify and cultivate institutional donors such as unions, foundations, etc.
  • Draft and edit fundraising appeals and supporting materials
  • Manage vendors, including our digital fundraising consultant, mail house, printer, and phone bankers
  • Work with Database Coordinator on maximizing our database’s potential for timely relationship-management, tracking responses to ensure we hit engagement goals
  • Other duties on an as needed basis


  • Five to seven years of fundraising experience directly relevant to the responsibilities of the DoD position
  • Experience in developing and driving an individual donor program, membership or union dues program
  • Experience and comfort working with boards and other volunteers in a complex, multi-faceted organization
  • Awareness of current trends in funding and sector-specific opportunities
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills for a variety of constituencies and ability to communicate enthusiasm for DSA’s vision of a better world while using active listening to demonstrate understanding of diverse interests
  • Strategic big-picture thinker with attention to detail
  • Excellent project management and multi-tasking skills and an orientation towards problem-solving
  • Demonstrated skill in building, coordinating, and being part of teams
  • Understanding of membership-based organizations and comfort working with members
  • Confidence working with relationship-management databases and making data based decisions
  • Comfort with ambiguity and change

This full-time position will likely be based in New York City or Washington D.C. but candidates for remote work may be considered.

Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis and the position will start as soon as possible.

Salary is commensurate with experience, between 58,000-64,000.

We offer employer paid medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and their spouse/partner and/or dependent children, and three weeks of vacation in the first year of employment.

DSA is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please email the following documents to with the subject line: “Development Director”

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Three references with direct supervisory knowledge of relevant work
  • Samples of marketing materials, donor appeals, and/or fundraising plan

New Member Call, July 22

July 22, 2018

July 22, 2018

9pm ET/8 CT/7 MT/6 PT

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You've joined DSA - Great! Now register for this New Member Orientation call and find out more about our politics and our vision. And, most importantly, how you can become involved.

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Talking About Socialism: Create Your Own Rap

July 25, 2018

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9pm ET/8pm CT/7pm MT/6pm PST

This workshop is for those who have already had an introduction to democratic socialism, whether from DSA’s webinar or from other sources. Prepare for conversations about socialism that happen when you table or canvass. Join Steve Max, a founder of the legendary community organizing school, the Midwest Academy, to practice talking about socialism in plain language. Create your own short rap. Use your personal experience and story to explain democratic socialism. 

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